The 2010s was a great decade for technology as it has seen some of the most innovative releases. Tech companies continue to bring forth various gadgets that can help improve how humans go about their daily lives - and some gadgets that are highly relevant today had their humble beginnings in the previous decade.
These include the revolutionary iPad which has brought touchscreen tablets to the mainstream and the Amazon Echo which is found is most households today. Out of the many radical and progressive tech released last decade, there are a handful of gadgets that have truly changed lives for the better.
DJI Phantom One
The 2010s saw the arrival of drones that were made accessible to the mass public. However, the DJI Phantom One is perhaps the most popular among other drone models as it was the first one that was made widely available for consumers and had unbeatable specs.
For $849 (via TechCrunch), people could own their own quadcopter to use for aerial photography and videography. What made the DJI Phantom One the preferred option was also its compact size and ease of use, allowing both experienced professionals and novice hobbyists to easily play with it.
Today, most folks can find a huge variety of tablets on the market. But it’s the Apple’s iPad that has brought tablets in style during the 2010s. Bridging the gap between laptops and smartphones, the iPad was a powerful and portable device that allowed people to do tasks such as sending emails and playing videos without the cumbersomeness of a laptop.
It’s also considered innovative due to its touch-based interface that had the signature user-friendly experience Apple devices are known for. It also seamlessly blends into the ecosystem with other Apple devices, apps, and accessories, making it a must-have for loyal aficionados of the tech brand.
Galaxy Z Fold
The flagship phones from major brands are known to push the boundaries of technology and introduce new and bold features to the consumers. That’s exactly what the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold did when it was released in 2019, as it signaled the age of foldable powerful phones.
The phone’s foldable display allow is to neatly transform from a slender smartphone to a tablet-like phone due to its larger screen size. It’s a great phone that has tons of versatility and function, and it has undoubtedly paved the way as other brands have sported phones that employ similar flexible screens.
Consumers can find a lot of Alexa-compatible smart devices today on the market. However, the original one is the Amazon Echo released in 2014. It’s considered ahead of its time as it was essentially the first voice-controlled smart speaker on the market.
With the help of Alexa, the Amazon Echo can play music, set reminders, and even answer the user’s simple queries. This was made possible thanks to the Echo’s use of machine learning technology and natural language processing, which helps it answer correctly to voice commands. Consumers who are focused on creating a smart home also appreciated how the Amazon Echo essentially acted as a smart hub that can control other connected gadgets in their home.
In the past decade, 3D printers have risen in popularity due in large to their multitude of uses. The MakerBot Replicator is perhaps the first 3D printer to hit the market as it was announced in 2009 and was slowly released to those interested in it. Partnered with programs like Autodesk 3DS Max and Cinema 4D, the Makerbot Replicator can manufacture various physical objects.
What made MakerBot Replicator one of the top 3D printers is that it was also made for consumers and small businesses in mind, rather than industrial companies. It was also easy to use and user-friendly, which further made it accessible to those who have just started exploring the 3D printing space.
One of the most commercially successful smartwatches has been produced and released by the tech behemoth Apple. The Apple Watch was a source of delight for those who want a complete Apple ecosystem as it allowed users to track their fitness, make calls, and even read notifications on the go.
The Apple Watch is also jampacked with various sensors that allow users to stay on top of their well-being. This includes a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, and GPS, making it a must-have for fitness buffs. Apart from its barrage of useful features, the Apple Watch has also captured the attention of consumers with its sleek design and sophisticated look.
A subsidiary of Facebook with name Oculus VR has been at the forefront of developing VR gadgets that transport users to an immersive environment. The Oculus Rift, which is a VR headset, was praised by gamers as it allowed them to enjoy totally immersive VR games and experiences like Epic Roller Coasters and Zenith.
What makes Oculus Rift an innovative gadget is its highly advanced head-tracking technology that uses infrared cameras. This ensures that the user’s experiences are fully immersive and responsive. The headset is also partnered with headphones that allow for 3D audio which allows for a seamless virtual world. With the Oculus Rift, users can fully escape into an engaging digital landscape.
Released in 2016, the Nintendo Switch is the current console offered by Nintendo. Unlike its predecessor the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch’s controllers can be removed, allowing it to transform from a portable handheld gaming device into a traditional home console.
The controllers of the Nintendo Switch are called the Joy-Cons, and what makes them remarkable is that they have a variety of control options including motion controls, which allows for local multiplayer gaming. It’s also the exclusive console for popular franchises like Zelda and Pokémon, which have had some exciting releases lately. With its innovative controllers and intriguing setup, the gaming experience for the Nintendo Switch is truly unlike any other.
Amazon Fire Stick
The 2010s also marked the start of the streaming age. That’s why devices like the Amazon Fire Stick which converts simple TVs and screens into fully functional smart TV is revolutionary. The Amazon Fire Stick in particular has been beloved by users due to its convenience, user-friendly interface, and smooth performance.
Using the Amazon Fire Stick, users can stream content from various services such as Hulu, Netflix, and even Amazon’s own Prime Video. It also can be loaded with various third-party apps and games that can elevate the user’s viewing experience. Without it, boring TVs will stay boring.
Tesla Model X
While electric vehicles are not new technology, the Tesla Model X is considered a game-changer in the car industry thanks to its all-electric powertrain that allows for smooth acceleration and instant torque. However, the car model is most known for its driver-assist technologies that include the full self-driving capability.
The car is loaded with radar, ultrasonic sensors, GPS, and cameras - all of which are necessary for the effectiveness of its driver assistance features. The car has also been noted for its unique falcon-wing doors and energy efficiency, allowing users to take it for long trips without frequently needing to charge.
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